Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the legs curved inward so that the knees touch or knock together in walking; hence, halting; feeble: as, a very knock-kneed argument. Formerly also knack-kneed.
- adj. alternative spelling of knockkneed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the legs bent inward so that the knees touch in walking.
- adj. having the knees abnormally close together and the ankles wide apart
“As someone who is slightly knock-kneed, getting older and finding my hips less tolerant of “mashing,” I was thinking a wider stance might be more natural in my case.”
“All his art is self-portraiture while his pseudo-radical groupuscule, the toothsomely named Party of Dynamic Erection, is camouflage for the knock-kneed terror that its members – Wick, Irwin and Nipple Warner – all feel in the presence of women.”
“Think Buenos Aires, runaway Nazis, giant dice in the opening shot and musical numbers – all grafted on to a three-way melodrama of outrageous sexual provocation and emotional blackmail that's played like a minuet by scheming adventuress Hayworth and her two knock-kneed beaus itinerant gambler Glenn Ford and scarfaced casino boss George Macready on a gigantic, lavishly appointed set that amounts to a fantasia on mid-century Hollywood's notions of Latin-Americanness.”
“Notice that the round muscle-pads on the inner sides that make most women appear knock-kneed are missing.”
“As a result, women's knees are more likely to collapse inward, in a knock-kneed position, and suffer injury.”
“In the same way, the arch of its foot and its leg bones were well suited for human-like upright walking—with a slightly knock-kneed gait—while its heel and shin bone were more like those of a chimpanzee, better configured for climbing trees.”
“Miraculous, until you realise that the knock-kneed, squinty-eyed prince was one of the most recognisable men in France.”
“While the world marched along in practised synchrony I was the one who chose to lag behind, knock-kneed and slightly out of step.”
“Between the author's name, the book's title and the cover art, which features a black woman with red lips, a long weave and a knock-kneed pose in fishnet stockings -- you pretty much know what kind of story is inside without reading the back cover.”
“Here, with time to settle, his straight driving was increasingly imperious, in particular off the powerfully built England Under-19 all-rounder Luke Fletcher (a slightly knock-kneed Flintoff-style figure), who bowled with encouraging aggression and bounce.”
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